The newest 36-foot walkaround from Maverick Yachts Costa Rica (MYCR) launched in January, and has been raising billfish ever since. As part of the famous Fly Boats charter fleet based in the Los Sueños Resort and Marina in Herradura, Costa Rica, the new boat was dubbed Top Fly.
Owners Kurt and Anki Forsberg, of Stockholm, Sweden, got their first chance to seriously fish the boat in April, and had a spectacular week. “During our visit, we fished seven days on Top Fly,” said Kurt. “Fishing was incredible, one day we released 30 sailfish, and in total we released 108 over the seven days. It is quite common to get double-headers in these waters, and a walkaround boat gives a great advantage since we can fight the fish from both the cockpit and the bow of the boat.”
Built specifically with light-tackle fishing in mind, the 36 features wide, single-level walkaround alleys from the cockpit to the bow. The coamings come positioned strategically at the right height for sure support while fighting a fish, no matter where you are on the boat.
The spacious, teak-decked cockpit features the unique MYCR “Hot Seat” fighting chair/rocket launcher unit designed and built using cutting edge CAD/CAM router technology. Cold-molded construction keeps the boat super strong, yet lightweight, making it quite nimble when maneuvering on a fish, and fast when cruising to take advantage of a hot bite down the road. Twin 420hp Cummins QSB diesels provide a cruise speed of 27 knots while only burning 24 gallons an hour, so she’s economical to boot.
Top Fly is equally at home chasing Pacific sailfish and marlin as she is seeking out tuna and dorado. Versatility and hard-core fishability are the key attributes of this boat, but it also offers a surprising level of comfort, provided by an optional Seakeeper and an air-conditioned cabin that’s bigger than you might expect. Good things really do come in small packages.
Maverick Yachts Costa Rica; 866-888-6426; maverickcostarica.com
General Specifications: Maverick Yachts Costa Rica 36 Walkaround
Beam: 12’ 9”
Draft: 2’ 8”
Estimated weight: 19,000 lbs.
Power: Twin 420hp QSB 6.7L Cummins diesels
Fuel: 300 gal.
Water: 50 gal.